Slow Food Movement

“The most violent weapon on earth is the table fork.” —Mahatma Gandhi

The Slow Food movement incorporates a series of objectives within its mission, including:

-forming and sustaining seed banks to preserve heirloom varieties in cooperation with local food systems
-developing an “Ark of Taste” for each ecoregion, where local culinary traditions and foods are celebrated
-preserving and promoting local and traditional food products, along with their lore and preparation
-organizing small-scale processing (including facilities for slaughtering and short run products)
-organizing celebrations of local cuisine within regions (for example, the Feast of Fields held in some cities in Canada)
-promoting “taste education”
-educating consumers about the risks of fast food
-educating citizens about the drawbacks of commercial agribusiness and factory farms
-educating citizens about the risks of monoculture and reliance on too few genomes or varieties
-developing various political programs to preserve family farms
-lobbying for the inclusion of organic farming concerns within agricultural policy
-lobbying against government funding of genetic engineering
-lobbying against the use of pesticides
-teaching gardening skills to students and prisoners
-encouraging ethical buying in local marketplaces

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